Materials Observed: Interzum 2013


Materials Observed: Interzum 2013

A look at some of our favorite material innovations from this year's Interzum show in Cologne, Germany.

Photos and captions by Kenn Busch, Material Intelligence


Interzum, held in odd years in Cologne, Germany, is the largest materials fair in the world, attracting architects, designers, and fabricators from around the world. Here’s a tiny glimpse at some of the exciting new ideas from the 2013 fair.

Light-Up Laminates

While there are several high-quality decor printers based in Germany, one stands out not only for its on-target trend introductions, but for its ability to continually innovate and push the boundaries of what “laminates” are – Schattdecor. One example shown at Interzum is a prototype Smartfoil (lightweight decorative surface) that glows in the dark, here in the shape of a lightbulb.

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